If you don’t know what a Technology Radar is, first go off and take a quick look at Neal Ford’s excellent article on the topic. For the purposes of this post you don’t have to read it thoroughly, although at some point I highly recommend that you do. Read it yet? Or at least familiar […]


Interactive visualizations usually refer to a suite of techniques for cycling through various views on a data set in an effort to discover or present relationships in the data. This always seemed a bit on the passive side to me. It starts with the user prodding their software to coax out some sort of visualization, […]

I think the following in part describes the intent we had in setting up this blog, basically as  a learning exchange between a small group of people: http://tom.spiglanin.com/2014/12/i-believe-in-the-importance-of-a-personal-learning-network/ I think the key points here, especially: The real purpose of my PLN is not learning; it’s to improve work and performance. may lead me to rethink my approach to […]

My boys and I have had our eyes on 3D printing technology for awhile now.  We’ve noticed many news stories ranging from 3D printed prosthetics helping humans and dogs to ‘beaming’ a wrench up to the International Space Station.  Impressed by the geek factor and hoping to learn something with my kids, I picked up a […]

I’ve finally read through all of Lockhart’s Lament, which was referenced in an earlier Decryptions post. Within, Lockhart tears apart what most of the population thinks of as “math.” He ponders, “I don’t see how it’s doing society any good to have its members walking around with vague memories of algebraic formulas and geometric diagrams, […]

…choose a set of learning styles. Hacker News has once again proved to be a fertile source for blogging ideas.  This post: Ask HN: Do you prefer to learn by watching videos or by reading books/articles? Reminded me of the different-but-related debate on how to find the best way of learning optimized for different people. […]

I found this article, “Math 101: A Reading List for Lifelong Learners”, via Hacker News. I’m only familiar with one book on the list (A Tour of the Calculus) and my experience with it was a bit disappointing. It might not be the books fault, my expectations may have been unrealistic. I know there are limitations […]

I’m currently working in a situation where most of the team is in India. This curiously puts me in the position of being a “remote worker” even though I have a regular office in our business’s office building. As a result I’ve developed a fascination with online collaboration tools. I have become more and more convinced […]

The hack.summit() conference is a virtual conference happening December 1-4.  Some of the speakers I recognize include Kent Beck, Ward Cunningham, Grady Booch, and Tim O’Reilly.  Registration is free with the code “DZONE” but consider contributing to help an array of non-profit programming alliances.

I spotted an article about the Hilbert language over on Hacker News this week. On the surface it looks like an interesting take on doing math at the keyboard which I have a standing interest in. But it appears to be in the very early stages, there’s very little in the way of documentation.  On […]